Thursday, June 27, 2019

MLG Footage 1948 Longson vs Whip

Whip, Phil, Bert, Bill
Thanks to Gary Will who posted this link on the MLW Archives page. Some of a 1948 Longson-Whipper bout from MLG.

Whipper's manager Phil Lawson is there in the opening frames. Ref is 'The Little Flower of Uxbridge' Bert Maxwell. Great find to go along with the 1957 Footage

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Not quite as old as the Angel footage ( ed note: here - youtube 1940 footage ), but this is a rare look at Whipper Billy Watson in his prime, wrestling for the National Wrestling Association world title at the Gardens against champion Wild Bill Longson on April 22, 1948.  This drew a reported 11,000. Watson had been the champion the year before. 

The National Wrestling Alliance -- the one that we all came to know (there had been an earlier promotion with that name) -- was formed three months later but it would take almost another year-and-a-half before Tunney joined in late 1949. - Gary Will

Buyout Footage Historic Stock Footage Archive - 1948 Longson vs Whip

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-Wrestler Wild Bill Longson Retains Championship
Public Domain Stock Footage Wrestler Wild Bill Longson Retains Championship